Welcome to DOC-U-MENT, Doc. Sisk's Wikispace!!!

You can find the class assignments for Honors and ACP Chem here. Click on your class on the right.

Dr. Sisk has been a member of the Science Department a Marian High School for 12 years. Before that he had a financial planning business for 16 years.
Dr. Sisk graduated for Indiana University in South Bend in 1973 with a BA in Chemistry and from The George Washington University in 1983 with a Ph.D. in Psychology. He then completed an Alexander von Humboldt Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Bonn Medical Center in Bonn, Germany in 1985.
Dr. Sisk has been involved in research while at Marian through participation in the RET Program at the University of Notre Dame. During the summer of 2009, he worked in the Electrical Engineering Department at Notre Dame. Research involved studying the crystalline structure of aluminum oxide in diodes to correlate structure with electrical conductance. Dr. Sisk was joined in this research project by Mark Imus (class of 2011), who continued this project as part of his Advanced Research course.
In the summer of 2010, Dr. Sisk attended two workshops; one at I.U. Bloomington, which involved training teachers to use I.U.'s computer assisted learning program and a second at the University of Notre Dame, which focused on training science teachers to utilize a student-centered, guided-inquiry method called "Modeling" for science instruction. The latter training session was supported by the Department of Education and participants received $2000 grants for their science classrooms. Dr. Sisk used his grant to purchase new LoggerPro probeware for the 12 computer stations used for labs in Honors and ACP Chemistry classes.
A new page was added in November 2011. "It Started Here" is a new page honoring those former students who are pursuing advanced degrees in chemistry or a science related field. Check it out! Also, if any of you readers know of anyone else whose name should be listed there, please let me know. Email me at dsisk@marianhs.org.
Newly added on the "It Started Here" page is a PowerPoint that Greg Lackner presented to my ACP Chemistry classes about chemistry after Marian. Check it out!
Some help for students in organic chemistry:
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Beginning this year, 2013, this webpage will include class information for the new AP Psychology course Dr. Sisk will be teaching. If you're taking AP Psychology, this webpage is a resource for you to stay up-to-date on class assignments, projects, and tests.

Exciting news from one of Dr. Sisk's former chemistry students. Thomas Osberger has recently had part of his doctoral research published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The article is entitled, "N-Boc Amines to Oxazolidinones via Pd(II)/Bis-sulfoxide/Bronsted Acid Co-Catalyzed Allylic C-H Oxidation." The entire article can be found on my "It Started Here" page. Also, another former student, Dylan LeBlanc, has started his Ph.D. education at the University of Notre Dame where he will major in History. Congratulations to Dylan; we look forward to the continuation of your academic career.
For the academic year 2014-2015, 14 new computers were donated to the chemistry lab in room 101, allowing science students quicker access to both lab software and the internet.
On Tuesday, September 30, 2014, the new Neuroscience Department at I.U. Med. Ctr. came to Marian and talked to the Advanced Research class about research and career opportunities in neuroscience. The Talk was entitled, "Neuroscience: Brain and Beyond."
On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, former Marian student J.P. Skycak returned to discuss his research at Notre Dame involving neural networks with the AP Psychology class. A copy of his presentation is attached to this page.

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